Health insurance costs affect Americans' spending, career choices, survey finds

Americans are making career choices and spending money based on health insurance costs, according to a survey from research company CivicScience.

The survey, published Oct. 15, involved 1,400 U.S. adults. It found that 40 percent of respondents said insurance costs have affected their spending and/or career choice. Nine percent said health insurance costs have affected their career choice; 7 percent said those costs have affected their ability to buy daily necessities; and 7 percent said those costs have affected their decision to make major purchases. Seventeen percent said health insurance costs have affected more than one of those three things.

Two other findings:

1. Twenty-two percent of respondents said they skipped a physician visit due to cost in the last 12 months.

2. Less than half of respondents earning under $50,000 annually (46 percent) said health insurance costs have negatively affected them.

Read more about the survey here

 

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